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The Census asks questions about language use at home to locate groups of people who speak a language other than English. Their isolation or integration into a primarily English speaking community can be determined by their ability to speak English proficiently.

Language Spoken at Home, 1990-2000
1990 2000
Number Percent Number Percent
Only English 17,714 97.48% 18,434 96.58%
Spanish 142 0.78% 327 1.71%
Other Indo-European* 304 1.67% 256 1.34%
Asian Language** 12 0.07% 44 0.23%
Other 0 0.00% 26 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 18,172 100.00% 19,087 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 143 43.73%
Other Indo-European* 60 23.44%
Asian Language** 28 63.64%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 231 1.21%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 24 16.90%
Other Indo-European* 110 36.18%
Asian Language** 12 100.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 146 0.80%

* "Other Indo-European" excludes English and Spanish. "Indo-European" is not synonymous with "European." French, German, Hindi, and Persian are all classified as Indo-European. Hungarian, on the other hand, is lumped into "Other Language."

** "Asian Language" includes languages indigenous to Asia and Pacific islands areas that are not also Indo-European languages. Chinese, Japanese, Telugu, and Hawaiian are all classified here.

Also note that ability to speak English "very well" is based on the self-assessment of those responding to Census questions, not on a test of language ability.

Source: Census 2000 analyzed by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN).

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